INCONVENIENT PEOPLE Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England

Author: Wise (Sarah)
Year: 2013
Publisher: Vintage Books
Edition Details: 1st p/b edn.
Book Condition: NrF
ISBN: 9780099541868
Price: 4.00
Softcover. Gaslight tales rooftop escapes, men and women snatched in broad daylight, patients shut in coffins, a fanatical cult known as the Abode of Love...The 19th-century saw repeated panics about sane individuals being locked away in lunatic asylums. With the rise of the 'mad-doctor' profession, English liberty seemed to be threatened by a new generation of medical men willing to incarcerate difficult family members in return for the high fees paid by an unscrupulous spouse or friend. The author uncovers 12 shocking stories, some untold for over a century, which reveal the darker side of the Victorian upper and middle classes - their sexuality, fears of inherited madness, financial greed and fraud - and chillingly - evoke the black motives at the heart of the phenomenon of the 'inconvenient person'. Illus., With a Note on Terminology, Appendices, Notes, Bibliog. and Index. 473pp. softcover. Nr. F.


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